One of the first things you can do to reduce your carbon footprint is to cut back on your energy usage. Electricity production (derived from coal-burning power plants) is one of the biggest sources of carbon emissions. Seventy percent of all U.S. electricity is produced as a result of burning fossil fuels. Statistics show that every year, an individual American is responsible for about 22 tons of carbon dioxide emissions. One site says that moving a thermostat down two degrees in winter and up two degrees in summer will save 2,000 pounds of carbon dioxide and $98 a year. The site also goes on to say that if every household in America replaced just three bulbs with energy-efficient fluorescent bulbs, we would all save $60 a year and collectively keep a trillion pounds of CO2 out of the atmosphere. Another option, although it is a more expensive one, is to install double-pane windows, which will save approximately 10,000 pounds of CO2 a year.
1. Become a vegan
*This is the most impactful thing you can do to reduce the size of your carbon footprint.
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2. Switch to green electricity
It’s simple to switch to renewable energy with the Green Energy Helpline (http://green.energyhelpline.com/ecostreet)
3. Get rid of your tumble dryer
4. Insulate your home properly
5. Park your car
6. Stop flying
* Flying is the fastest growing cause of climate change
7. Be an eco-activist
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